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Fracking bill’s next stop – Governor McCrory’s desk (video)

The NC House voted 65-50 Thursday to approve legislation that would allow fracking for natural gas in North Carolina to begin as early as next year. Democrats were unsuccessful as they repeatedly pushed to amend the bill allowing for stronger environmental protections including public disclosure of fracking chemicals and providing cities with greater power in setting future rules.

Rep. Becky Carney criticized House Republicans for tabling several amendments, eliminating any possible  debate:

“I’m astounded that we’re all willing to move forward and say, let an industry, let a mining commission, comprised of industry representatives move forward and develop the rules,” said Carney.”We’re moving forward, permits are being issued, it’s our responsibility. And basically what we did today when we shut down the debate was to say that the bill is all about refusing our right as legislators to see the rules.”

In the end, eleven House Republicans voted against the Energy Modernization Act.

The NC Senate gave its approval to the bill just hours after its passage by the House. The measure now heads to Governor McCrory, who has said he will sign the measure.

To hear a portion of Thursday’s debate, click below. To see how individual members of the House voted,  click here.

3 Comments


  1. Jay

    May 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Clearly, Republicans in favor of the fracking bill are doing the bidding of the energy corporations which do NOT want you to know what they are pumping into the ground, from which your drinking water comes. If you don’t know what chemicals they are using, how can you say they put them there when those chemicals start showing up in your water? Of course, the argument is always that this is good because it creates jobs and makes money. Let me ask you this, governor … Can you drink dollar bills?

  2. Craig Bailey

    May 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Not to allow a full debate on the important environmental impact of fracking is not only irresponsible but dangerous to our states unique biodiversity and almost unlimited sources of clean drinking water. The dangers of fracking are well documented and to frack in our beautiful and bountiful state is criminal malfeasance without a full and honest debate which includes not just the industry but the scientific and environmental community.

  3. […] Friday – The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission meets for the first time since lawmakers lifted the moratorium on fracking in North Carolina. Their meeting gets underway at 8:00 a.m. in the […]

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